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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

The Case of the Rigged Race

by (author) Michael Hutchinson

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Native Canadian, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Jul 2023
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Windy Lake First Nation is hosting the annual Trappers Festival, and the four Mighty Muskrats are excited about the sled-dog races and the chance to visit with family and friends from far and wide. But during the Teen Sled Race, the lead dog is the victim of a frightening accident that may be more than it seems.

Between mysterious strangers seen lurking by the trail and a loud group of animal rights protestors, the Muskrats have a lot of suspects. Despite the chill of winter, the case is heating up for Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee!

About the author

Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He is the author of the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series for young readers. He has spent much of his career telling the stories of Indigenous peoples and advocating for First Nation families and communities across Canada.


Michael Hutchinson's profile page


  • Nominated, Forest of Reading Award, Silver Birch
  • Unknown, The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens, Junior & Intermediate Fiction

Editorial Reviews

"The best feature of these books is the delightfully natural quality of the Muskrat characters. In both dialogue and action they come across as loyal, intelligent, funny and extremely realistic."

The Winnipeg Free Press

"We all know young people like the Muskrats... They are the type of enthusiastic youngsters that one would love to see storming into a classroom: excited about learning, keen to solve mysteries, bubbling with questions, and determined to find their way in life. They each have special talents and ways.... The Muskrats banter and joke, but are never mean. They are independent, but have deep respect for the teachings of the Elders and strive to learn and live by traditional values. They are loyal, educated, and full of fun, and young people can enjoy them, learn from them, and imitate them.... This is an excellent resource for Indigenous youth, parents, and educators. There are also lessons for all."

The Miramichi Reader

"What an adventure they have, finding themselves in many dangerous situations with many supporters offering help.... A great mystery to help us build our curious minds. Kids can make a difference."


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